Politics & the Economy

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Export bonanza will not last long

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PM to sandbag seats with GST overhaul

Playing the long game on trade

Opinion: The fallout from the tariff fight between the US and China is only the first shot in an unfolding economic and political standoff.

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Westpac cops $235m hit from advice failures

Busselton still in mix for Qantas academy

The state government remains hopeful Busselton can become the second site for a Qantas pilot academy, pledging up to $1.7 million and formally committing to a new $13 million terminal if the South West town is chosen.

WA mining jobs hit record

Job vacancies in Western Australia have reached their highest level in more than five years, while the state's mining industry has hit a record level of employment.

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ABC chair in firing line

Budget boost as economy grows, feds give cash

Grants from the federal government and delayed dividend payments from state-owned enterprises have helped the state government report an operating deficit 73 per cent below forecast in the 2018 financial year, while the non-trade economy has grown after a sustained period of shrinking.

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Tax surge paves way for big pre-election spend

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‘Devastated’ Michelle Guthrie threatens to sue

Govt cuts back Christmas trading hours

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA has lashed the state government’s decision today to reduce extended Christmas trading hours as applied last year.

Wentworth to influence WA Libs

Opinion: While the issue of gender quotas has been a winner for Labor, it remains a divisive topic within Liberal ranks, as the recent pre-selection for the Wentworth by-election indicates.

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Morrison green lights $4.6b in schools funding

Softer notes on power competition

The state government appears to be continuing to back away from plans to introduce increased competition in electricity retailing, with Economics and Industry Committee chair Jessica Shaw saying she’d like to see more evidence it would reduce prices.

Falling revenue pressure for Synergy

Electricity retailer Synergy hit an after-tax profit of $24.3 million in the year to June, an improvement of $36 million, aided by about $140 million of state government subsidies, while increased uptake of household solar continues to put pressure on revenue.

WA population hit by interstate losses

Western Australia’s population increased by just 0.8 per cent in the year to March, continuing its recent trend of soft growth, while nationally population growth slumped to a two-year low, new data out today shows.

Property Council cautiously backs noise reforms

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed proposed laws governing apartment projects in entertainment precincts, but has expressed caution about where the policy applies and its impact on planning approvals.

Envy card a losing hand

Opinion: The improvement in quality of life and opportunity for all but a few over recent decades shows the true progress towards a more inclusive society.

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Iron ore mine’s bailout ‘cost taxpayers $250m’

Trade war risks collateral damage

Market fears for the outcome of the escalating tariff war between the world’s two biggest economies have heightened during the past week, with history showing what could be a significant impact on consumers, and employment.

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Australia to lose from trade battle